General Cable’s Lincoln, RI Plant Honored with Pollution Prevention Award
General Cable associates who made it possible for General Cable to achieve perfect compliance in all parameters of their Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) permits (from left to right): Carlos Silva, Boiler Operator; Ricardo Ariza, Boiler Operator; Al Pires, Machinist Millwright; and Robert Valliere, Chemist & Plant Environmental Coordinator.
The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) held its seventeenth annual Environmental Merit Awards ceremony In June 2, 2011 to recognize those companies among its 1500 permitted users who have achieved perfect regulatory compliance and outstanding pollution prevention in the previous year.
Thirteen companies achieved perfect compliance in all parameters of their NBC permits. Among them was General Cable’s Lincoln, Rhode Island, plant.
Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo delivered the keynote address, praising the awardees for their leadership not only in Rhode Island, but also nationally, setting an example for environmental excellence.
NBC Chairman Vincent J. Mesolella noted the importance of these awards, “Being perfect isn’t easy, and the Narragansett Bay Commission appreciates the extra efforts that these businesses make to protect our urban rivers and Narragansett Bay. Ultimately their hard work makes Rhode Island a better place for us all.”
The Narragansett Bay Commission’s Pretreatment Program is one of the most successful in the United States. In 1991 and 1998, the program was named Best in the U.S. by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2009, the NBC’s program received the Excellence in Pretreatment Award from USEPA for Region 1.